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These three websites will scare you silly for Halloween

You could go see a scary movie or terrify yourself by simply viewing the day’s headlines, but why not enjoy some more old-fashioned creepy vibes from the nearest web browser? Here are three sites you may have missed that will get you in the Halloween...

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What happens when Facebook’s Order Food joins the restaurant-delivery scene?

The on-demand economy continues to get more demanding: Friday morning, Facebook is announcing its getting into the food-delivery game, at least as a conduit to existing delivery options. With the introduction of a new feature, “Order Food” that debuts...

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Discussing online immigrant-tracking policies from Homeland Security with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we talked about the Department of Homeland Security’s mixed messages on whether it will be tracking social media accounts and search results not only for immigrants with green cards, but also naturalized...

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Twitter announces test of new 280-character limit for tweets

Twitter announced Tuesday that it may be expanding the character limit for tweets from 140 characters to 280. >> Read more trending news  In an official Twitter blog post, the company said it is going to experiment with a longer limit by making...

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Friday Tech Crawl: Facebook to hand over Russian ad info, Apple TV 4K reviews and Uber’s license not renewed in London

Happy Friday, Austinites! Here are some of the tech stories we’re reading today: Zuck speaks up as Facebook says it’ll hand over Russian-ad info Mark Zuckerberg took to his own social network for a live video message about Facebook’s recent troubles...

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Friday Tech Crawl: Facebook enabled anti-Semitic ads, Alphabet may invest $1 billion in Lyft and what social-media influencers get paid

Happy Friday, Austin! Here are some of the tech stories we’re watching this morning: Facebook shifts course after anti-Semitic ads go through After the news site ProPublica investigated how easy it is to get ads targeting users with anti-Semitic...

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Talking about rescue apps, online donations and the tech of Hurricane Harvey relief with Texas Standard

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we discussed ways in which technology − from apps to new websites to social media − have helped supplement rescue efforts and collect donations for victims of Hurricane Harvey. You can find the segment...

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Social media as lifeline, mobilizer during Hurricane Harvey, aftermath

When faced with the loss of their homes and, in some cases, the possibility of death, victims of Hurricane Harvey reached for the tool so many of us use every day: their smart phones.  Whether they were trying to share photos and videos of the devastation...

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Michelle Obama is coming to Austin for a tech conference

Michelle Obama just can’t get enough of Austin. The former first lady is coming back to our city in October for a tech conference hosted by social media software company Spredfast. The company posted the news to its Twitter account on Tuesday morning...

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Why Facebook has hired 700 Austin workers and is getting ready for another wave of expansion

In 2010, Facebook Inc. opened a seven-person office to explore whether the city was a good fit for its young, hard-driving workforce. It turned out it was, and over the past seven years, the social media giant has grown its Austin team to 700 people...

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